Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Saint for the Frontiers

From its beginnings the Society of Jesus knew itself as going out to help. The 16th century Jesuit Jerónimo Nadal captured in five words its apostolic, international, mobile and mission-orientation: “The world is our house.”

At its 2008 35th General Congregation Pope Benedict reminded the Society that “the Church needs you, counts on you, and continues to turn to you with confidence, particularly to reach geographical and spiritual places others do not reach or find it difficult to reach.” In the Congregation’s documents the word “frontiers” embraced those places.

On 03 April Jesuit Blessed José de Anchieta was canonized. The fragile man had been known as the Apostle of Brazil and still is. The Society has another patron to intercede for its ongoing ministry to find and to serve new frontiers.
Wiki-mage by Gabrielt4e of statue of José de Anchieta CC BY-SA 3.0

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